Cajun Salmon One Sheet Pan – An easy no-fuss weeknight meal featuring moist and flaky salmon, green beans, baby potatoes, and cherry tomatoes. All of these are seasoned with exceptional flavors from herbs and spices and cooked on a single sheet pan. A fantastic low carb and keto-approved meal baked in a single pan ready in just 25 minutes!
What’s Cajun Salmon One Sheet Pan?
This Cajun salmon one sheet pan recipe is a quick and easy meal that you can make any time of the week. And it’s very customizable too!
You can switch out the vegetables based on your preference or what is in season- potatoes, cherry tomatoes, carrots, zucchini, or bell peppers. You get to make that choice.
My son wanted some green beans so I got a big bag of it at Costco. They really go well with my Cajun salmon. Aaah! What a delicious way to enjoy our greens and Omega-3. The perfect comfort food for the whole family. 😉
And the best part is… this winner meal is absolutely low carb and keto-friendly! YESSS! You’ll just have to replace canola oil with coconut oil or butter to make it completely keto.
What’s Cajun Salmon One Sheet Pan?
Cajun Salmon is basically salmon fillets greatly seasoned with various herbs and spices like Cajun seasoning, parsley, and thyme.
It can be pan-fried, grilled, roasted, or baked – whatever suits your mood.
All you need is a few minutes to cook the potatoes and coat the ingredients with the spice mixture. Roast for about 15-18 minutes and you are all set. Clean-up is a breeze here – not much cleaning involved. Yaaay!
Recipe Ingredients and Substitutes
This one sheet pan salmon and vegetables recipe is really an easy meal that you can cook on a weekly rotation. It’s so good you’re family won’t even complain about eating it too often. To make this healthy easy one-pan meal, you’ll need:
- Salmon Steaks – If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on fresh salmon, I suggest you cook it right away. Take advantage of its freshness rather than storing it in the freezer to use for later. You can also use frozen salmon for this recipe and it will still be as amazing.
- Green Beans, Potatoes, and Cherry Tomatoes – The salmon steak can stand alone in this one sheet meal; however, adding vegetables make it a well-balanced meal. You can also add more veggies if you like.
- Canola Oil – We will use the oil to make the mixture into a paste-like consistency. It also helps in making our baked salmon shiny and crispy. (Not sure what to do with used cooking oil? Check out my blog post on How to Dispose of Cooking Oil.) Aside from canola oil, feel free to swap it for olive oil, coconut oil, or butter to make it richer, buttery, and keto-friendly.
- Minced Garlic – The added garlicky aroma and taste to this Cajun salmon recipe is spot on! I especially love it slightly on the toasted side. So mouthwatering!
- Fresh Herbs – I always use thyme, and parsley for most of my recipes. They blend together well adding fantastic flavors to any dish like this salmon green beans.
- Cajun seasoning – Any dish, be it meat, fish, soups, or stews, would taste better with a dash of my go-to seasoning. You can make one using my homemade Cajun Creole Seasoning HERE.
- Salt and Pepper – And of course, any dish won’t be complete without these basic seasonings. Without these two, our Cajun salmon will taste a little flat.
- Veggie Overload – Asparagus, bell peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, zucchini, and more. You can add pretty much any vegetables you like.
- More Seasoning Options – You may swap the Cajun seasoning with smoked paprika and cayenne mixture. Or use my Blackened Seasoning instead.
- Cheesy Madness – Cheese lover? Me too! I tried with freshly grated parmesan on top and it was amaaazing!
- Salad Toppings – Besides veggies, you can also serve this Cajun salmon as a salad toppings for Greek Salad and Kale Salad.
- Cajun Salmon Pasta – I’m sure you’ll love this Cajun salmon pasta version, too. And of course, my Cajun Chicken Pasta and Cajun Jambalaya Pasta certainly won’t disappoint as well.
What’s great about this salmon sheet pan recipe is that you can completely make this ahead to eat for later. This makes a great meal prep, too, especially if you’re too busy (or too lazy) to cook every day.
- Store – Cook cajun salmon and veggies as instructed and let them cool completely before transferring into an airtight container or freezer-safe bag.
- Refrigerate – You can store it in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- Freezer – This cajun salmon recipe freezes well for up to 3 months.
- Thaw – When ready to serve, thaw it inside the fridge overnight or use the defrost setting in the microwave.
- Microwave – Reheat in the microwave on a medium setting for 2-3 minutes or until warm.
- Oven – Heat in the oven at 275°F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.
Note: Do the same in storing and reheating leftover cajun salmon and green beans.
Both are salmon cooked in a seasoning made with a blend of herbs and spices. The only difference is the level of spiciness. Salmon seasoned with Cajun seasoning is spicier compared to blackened salmon.
You can turn the leftover Cajun salmon one sheet pan into a salad by adding lettuce, avocado, bell peppers, and toss them in vinaigrette. OR pasta meal by adding more olive oil, Italian Seasoning, spinach, and pasta of your choice.
You need to coat your salmon with oil or butter to keep its moisture trapped inside while cooking. A perfectly cooked salmon always comes out moist and flaky. While overcooking your salmon often results in dry salmon.
This Cajun Salmon can stand alone on its own as a complete meal. But hey, adding more sides just means more food and that equals more fun! Wooohooo! Enjoy it more with these equally delicious side dishes below.
- Cajun Rice
- Pineapple Cucumber Salad
- Sauteed Spinach
- Black Bean and Corn Salad
- Balsamic Baked Brussel Sprouts
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How to Make Cajun Salmon One Sheet Pan
Cook the Potatoes
- Clean and cut the baby potatoes in half. Then place them in a large pot and pour water into it; enough to cover the potatoes. Season with salt. Bring it to a boil or until fork tender. Drain the water and let the pot with cooked potatoes simmer for 2-3 minutes until all excess water is gone. Set aside.
Toss the Salmon and Vegetables in Cajun Spice Mixture
- Combine – In a small bowl, combine garlic, thyme, parsley, Creole seasoning, and canola oil. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- Season the Salmon – Place the salmon steaks on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Brush the salmon steaks with the spice mixture. Set aside.
- Coat the Veggies – In separate bowls/plates, coat the veggies (tomatoes, green beans, and cooked potatoes) with the same Cajun spice mixture.
- Bake -Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Spray with a cooking spray or lightly oil. Place the seasoned salmon, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans on a parchment-lined sheet pan. Allow the salmon and vegetables to bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your salmon and preference.
Watch How To Make It
This blog post was first published in February 2016 and has been updated with a new recipe, photos, additional information, and a video.
Cajun Salmon One Sheet Pan
- 1-2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2-3 tablespoons fresh herbs thyme, parsley, and basil
- 1 tablespoon Cajun/Creole seasoning
- ¼ cup or 60ml canola oil or more
- 2-3 fillet (4-6oz) Salmon Steaks room temperature
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound or more green beans or any vegetables
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- baby potatoes
- Clean and cut the baby potatoes in half. Then place them in a large pot and pour water into it; enough to cover the potatoes. Season with salt.
- Bring it to a boil or until fork tender. Drain the water and let the pot with cooked potatoes simmer for 2-3 minutes until all excess water is gone. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine garlic, thyme, parsley, Cajun/Creole seasoning, and canola oil. Mix thoroughly. Set aside.
- Place the salmon steaks on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Brush the salmon steaks with the spice mixture. Set aside.
- In separate bowls/plates, coat the veggies (tomatoes, green beans, and cooked potatoes) with the same Cajun spice mixture.
- Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400ºF. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment. Spray with a cooking spray or lightly oil.
- Place the seasoned salmon, tomatoes, potatoes and green beans on a parchment-lined sheet pan.
- Allow the salmon and vegetables to bake for 15-18 minutes or until cooked through. Cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of your salmon and preference.
Tips & Notes:
- You may leave the salmon and veggies in the spice mixture for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then bake as instructed. Or fry them in a pan.
- Replace canola oil with olive oil, coconut oil, or butter to make it completely keto-friendly.
- This recipe makes a great meal prep.
- You may add more veggies like carrots, zucchini, and bell pepper.
- Please keep in mind that the nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary significantly based on the products used in the recipe.
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